Trans woman came out to her bodybuilder dad and got a lot of support

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Elle Lawless, 19, hails from Liverpool in England. She knew she was transgender from the age of 11 and her feelings of gender dysphoria increased as she went through puberty. But she could not tell her dad Mark, who was so proud of his ‘sons’ [Elle has a cis brother] whom he raised on bikes and boxing, so having a transgender daughter would have shocked him. At first he was indeed shocked, but later he told his daughter that he loves her no matter what, she is still his child and he is there for her. ““When I first told my dad, it wasn’t really all that positive – we talked for hours about it because he didn’t get it at first, but the more we spoke, the more he calmed down and said he just wanted me to be happy,” she told Echo. Elle’s grandparents had already guessed that she was trans, but her dad did not even suggest it. He’s saddened by the fact that Elle felt she couldn’t approach him but acknowledges that it took “a lot of guts” to do so in light of the typically masculine way he raised his two children. “I still make mistakes and call her ‘lad’, but I’ll get out of it, it’s a habit I’ve done for 20 years but she’s very understanding about it. As long as she’s happy, that’s all I can ask for,” the supportive dad said

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